How many men are wearing beards? Everywhere you look, long beards, short beards, scruffy facial hair. From highly groomed and styled beards to a chin strap or goatee, beards have made a comeback and what was old is new again. As usual, there are many things that have to be rediscovered when a style comes back into fashion. In this case, it is how to care for your beard, from how to trim it to the most important grooming step - keeping your beard (and your face beneath) from drying out.
Beards have a basic nomenclature, a number of named styles (up to 33!) and fulfill many roles from physical to social. But if you think just growing some hair on your face is the end of it, you will be making a big mistake. Without proper care your beard will become dry, brittle, and tough. As your beard gets dry, it will also draw oils from your face causing your skin beneath your beard to flake. There is nothing worse than a dry, smelly, flaky beard that sprinkles your clothes with dander and scratches your partner’s face! Proper care of your beard is pretty simple. Just shampoo it, brush it, trim it, and - most importantly - apply beard oil!
What is Beard Oil?
Your skin and beard produce natural oils but, as your beard grows, these oils are stretched thinner and thinner. Beard oils include a mixture of ingredients, depending on their formulation, that help hydrate your face and soften your beard while providing nutrients to help your beard grow. Many also incorporate scents in the oils that are a nice compliment for your cologne! Here are a few of the best beard oils to experiment with to help you find the one you love.
Best Beard Oils
First a couple of cautionary notes. It is best to try small doses of a new beard oil to ensure you don’t have any reaction to a particular formulation. Some men have allergic reaction to certain oils and citrus oils can produce some increased sensitivity to sunlight. So, go forward with caution and experiment to find what you prefer in a beard oil.
Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil - When you think of the Amish, you think of their classic Shenandoah style beards. They have been wearing these beards as a part of their culture and society for centuries and know a little about beard care! Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil is hand-crafted and made from all-natural ingredients, as would be expected from the Amish. With a unique but subtle aroma and its blend of Avocado, Pumpkin Seed, Almond, Jojoba, Argan oils, this beard oil will keep you hydrated and help nourish your beard!
Beardbrand Tea Tree Beard Oil - Anyone who has used a product that contains Tea Tree, or melaleuca, oil knows the great scent and refreshing qualities it brings. Combining it with other natural Jojoba, Almond, and Grapeseed oils creates a unique and bracing beard oil. As an extra benefit, you get the antiseptic qualities of the Tea Tree Oil to help heal any dryness in your skin.
Wisdom Beard Oil - This product is produced by CanYouHandleBar and is another beard oil made with natural oils and Vitamin E combined to hydrate and nourish your face and beard. If you are looking for a manly scent, the natural woody fragrance will be up your alley without being overpowering. You will notice that this beard oil is a little thinner, but the same few drops used with any other beard oil will provide the same application with less greasy residue from the application. Try it and you will find it is a premium beard oil that will serve you well!
Leven Rose Fragrance-Free Beard Oil & Conditioner - This product contains only two ingredients, Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil, and has no chemicals like GMOs or parabens. It also has no added fragrance. This product has been featured in many men’s magazines, like GQ, and is known for getting the job done! If you want a great, fragrance-free beard oil, this is a great product to try.
Arganade Whiskey Cider Beard Oil - Arganade has a great line of beard oil, from Classic Men’s Beard Oil and Bay Rum to their popular Whiskey Cider Beard Oil. With a smoky aroma that evokes that late night intimate whiskey scent with a hint of citrus, this is a great product that will provide hydrating oils, nutrients, and pleasant aromas for your beard. Made with Italian oils and natural ingredients.
Arganade (www.arganade.com) has a line of high quality products for your hair and beard that will go great with any of your grooming tools and work to give your hair, your beard - and you - your best look! Try their pomades and beard oils for a great styling experience!